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I really like George Bush, but...(15 posts)

I really like George Bush, but...moneyman
Jan 2, 2003 12:06 PM
Its nu-KLEE-ar, dammit!

Yeah, but Homer J. Simpson Says Nuke-U-ler ;)Alpedhuez55
Jan 2, 2003 1:05 PM
And what Homer says goes.
yup, like JimmyDougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 8:02 AM
Jimmy C. said it that way, too, and he was a nucular engineer!

I agree, though. Mispronunciations affect perceived intelligence.

How about...Spoke Wrench
Jan 3, 2003 1:53 PM
How about the ability to spell "potato" correctly. How does that affect people's perception of your intelligence? Uh - while we're at it, what's the correct pronounciation of potato.

I also live in a state where there is no consensus about the correct pronunciation of "Missouri." People in the bigger metro areas and perhaps in the northern part of the state, closer to "Ioway", tend to say "Missouree." People in rural areas, particularly in the south, are more likely to say "Missourah." The state university is in a fairly urban area so they mostly say "Missouree" until they want the football team to score when they say "Missou-Rah!"

Then there's Arkansas. Bill Clinton calls it "Arkan-saw" and as an ex-governor I guess he should know. However, woe be unto the person who doesn't call the river "Ar-Kansas" as it runs through Wichita
How about...DougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 3:54 PM
while we're at it, what's the correct spelling of "pronounciation"? :-)

I'm from Missouri, too. My parents are from Iowa and Tennesee, but grew up in Missouri. They say Missouah; I say Missouree. (My dad played end for Mizzou in the 1960 Orange Bowl.)

How about...Alpedhuez55
Jan 3, 2003 6:47 PM
Quayle was clueless on the "potatoe" incident. He was duped, and we all make mistakes. He should have come out and joked about it and it would have went away. He made too big a deal of it and it hurt him. What is he going to do, Demonize a little kid? He was trying to defend himself an himself when he really had no valid defense.

I thought his book "Standing Firm" was good but he devoted an entire chapter on defending the Spelling Bee incident (and another on Murphy Brown). Three years after it, he still tought it was an issue. The tree used to print those chapters did not deserve to die ;)

Sometimes the trick to being taken seriously is not taking yourself too seriously. Neither George W. Bush or Dan Quayle are stupid. You cannot get to that level of government without being intelligent. Dan Quayle is clueless About sertain things. Like a bad accent, it can make you look pretty dumb at times. I do not think the media treated him fairly in 1988. In 1992 he got what he deserved.

Mike Y.
Got to be deliberate...the question is, Why?Silverback
Jan 3, 2003 8:42 AM
He's been saying nook-you-ler all his life. Comedians and editorial writers and every damn body have made fun of it for years. It's impossible that he and his handlers DON'T know he's doing it--yet he continues to mispronounce it.
So when you contemplate the possible reasons, how many are there? Either he's too dumb to remember consistently (so they'd rather have him wrong all the time than switching back and forth), or they think it makes him sound folksy, or . . . I can't think of a third one.
Jan 3, 2003 9:16 AM
I think it's strategery. He's trying to make us think he's a reglar guy with subliminable messages. Hey, it gets us to think about those things, rather than the economicable consequences of his leadership and whether the war is justifiabable.

He must be a reglar guy to call someone an asshole while the mike is on, right?

I'll take a good guy who miscombobulates words over a smooth talking slickster any day.

Jan 3, 2003 10:42 AM
A lot of politicians in both parties change there grammar, speech patterns and language to suit a crowd too. Both Clinton and Reagan did this. You are going to speak different at a Union Hall rally than you would at black tie fundraiser. Almost all politicians are a little bit of an actor.

I try not to pick on people for a speech pattern myself. I know I am far from perfect myself and am thankful my Boston accent is only a mild one. I even picked up saying "Yawll" after a string of southern roomates in college. If we did not have these patterns we would all should like a bad weekend tv news anchorman. An accent or speech quirk can make someone sound dumb, that does not mean they are though.

For me I hate when someone "Axes" me a question. I would never call someone on it though. I had a coworker who would correct anyone who would say "Anyways" near her. She was annoying to me, but then again, I only say "anyway" now.

Mike Y.
Good guy, sure. But what about a mush-mouthed dim-wit? (nm)czardonic
Jan 3, 2003 12:50 PM
sure, go ahead; anyone can run! nmDougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 1:30 PM
Cheap shot, well aimed. (nm)czardonic
Jan 3, 2003 3:07 PM
we have to keep our sense of humor, right? nmDougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 3:34 PM
Even if at my expense. (nm)czardonic
Jan 3, 2003 3:59 PM
naw. this one's on the house. :-) nmDougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 4:03 PM